This week in arts

Film Readers know I have talked about “Melancholia” ad nauseum, but this Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco could be your last chance to see Lars von Trier’s spectacular film on the big screen. It’s kind of a trek, but witnessing “Melancholia” — which stars Kirsten
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Divine Palace: MC of Shabazz Palaces talks funk, spirituality

Ishmael Butler has been redefining what it means to be cool since his days under the pseudonym Butterfly of the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop trio, Digable Planets. Now, reigning at the forefront of modern hip-hop as Palaceer Lazaro of Shabazz Palaces, his musical experiment acts to  liberate a genre confined by
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Air: Le Voyage Dans la Lune

A trip to the moon is nothing new for Air, the French electronica duo. For over a decade, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have immersed their music in retro Moog synthesizers and galactic themes (prior singles include “Kelly Watch the Stars” and “Surfing on a Rocket”) like a pair of dreamy
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Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks

Of Montreal’s latest record, Paralytic Stalks, makes for great spaceship music. The record has a sonic quality that brings to mind the Big Bang (yes, the beginning of the universe). Explosions of abstract, spacey sounds echo and blare throughout, from screechy vocals and guitars to noises wholly extraterrestrial and unidentifiable.
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Dr. Dog: Be the Void

Dr. Dog pulls it off again. Six albums deep, the band picks up where their 2010 release, Shame, Shame, left off and gives us Be the Void. With a tendency to experiment, or more so, let their style evolve with age, Dr. Dog departs further from their psychedelic harmonies and
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Lana Del Rey: Born to Die

Lana Del Rey wants you to own her, love her, objectify her, abuse her and worship her. Now, there’s enough here — in her image, her music and the backlash it’s all received — for a whole team of pop culture critics, feminists and intellectuals to fuss about, but, all
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Richard Egarr revives baroque music

Baroque music can be difficult to characterize, with composers ranging from the ubiquitous Johann Sebastian Bach to the obscure  Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. Guest conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Richard Egarr, aimed at striking a balance between celebrating the peculiarities of the period, while reinvigorating modern interest in the
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Imperial Teen: Feel the Sound

After five years since their last studio release, local pop-rockers Imperial Teen have come back with full, bubbly fury. Whether you’ve been a fan since the ’90s, or have just discovered the eccentric group, Feel the Sound will draw you in with its catchy guitar riffs and the pop-glossed vocals
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New Moon: Bay Area musicians collaborate in Nick Drake tribute

Nick Drake’s ability to find a simplistic beauty that eminated a true sense of purity is what sets him apart from other folk artists. His last album Pink Moon is the unexpected and melancholically beautiful offspring of Nick Drake’s final years of depression and self-imposed isolation. His musical work acts
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